- Macro Porous Polymer Extraction (MPPE) Technology / Hydrocarbon Remediation Technologies

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MPP Systems - Macro Porous Polymer Extraction (MPPE) Technology / Hydrocarbon Remediation Technologies

The Macro Porous Polymer Extraction (MPPE) Technology is a highly effective, fully automated, remote controlled and guaranteed method for removing dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons from water with efficiencies of 99.9999% down to below ppb level by means of extraction in an MPP bed.


The Macro Porous Polymer (MPP) act as carrier for nontoxic and biodegradable extraction medium that absorbs and extracts hydrocarbons from water. The miniscule plastic spheres are capable of reducing contaminant concentrations in water by a factor of more than 1 million, which means that concentrations of thousands ppm (parts per million) can be lowered to below 1 ppb (parts per billion). This is done in only one cycle. Aside from clean water for recycling or discharging, the water purification unit also yields almost 100% pure hydrocarbons suitable for reuse

MPPE Process Description

Hydrocarbon-contaminated water is passed through a column packed with MPPE particles. The particles are porous polymer beads, which contain a specific extraction liquid.

The immobilized extraction liquid removes the hydrocarbons from the water. Only the hydrocarbons, which have a high affinity for the extraction liquid, are removed. The purified water can either be reused or discharged. Periodical in situ regeneration of the extraction liquid is accomplished by stripping the hydrocarbons with low-pressure steam. The stripped hydrocarbons are condensed and then separated from the water phase by gravity. The almost 100% pure hydrocarbon phase is recovered, removed from the system and ready to use/reuse or disposal. The condensed aqueous phase is recycled within the system. The application of two columns allow continuous operation with simultaneous extraction and regeneration. A typical cycle is one hour of extraction and one hour of regeneration.

Process Scheme


MPPE Benefits

  1. High and guaranteed separation performance
  2. Separation performance is independent of inlet concentration
  3. Robust against corrosion and scale inhibitors, H2S scavengers, biocides, surfactants etc, peak loads
  4. Flow/inlet concentration flexibility while maintaining outlet demand. 10% lower flow rate allows 50% higher inlet concentration, lower inlet concentration allows higher flow
  5. Operational flexibility, capacity turn down/up ratio: 0 to 100%, batch wise operation, immediate performance at startup
  6. 100% water and hydrocarbon recovery, separated hydrocarbons practically 100% pure for (re) use
  7. No chemicals used, no waste stream, no air emission

Example of compounds removable with the MPPE technology


Aromatic and Aliphatic Compounds:
Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzen, Xylene(s), Cumene, Limonene, Nitrobenzene, Cresol(s), Higher alkylated phenols, Octanol, Nonanol, Decanol, Hexane, Heptane, MIBK, TetraHydroTiophene, CS2, Tetramethyltetrahydrofuran, MTBE, etc.

Halogenated/Chlorinated Compounds:
Monochloromethane, Dichloromehane, Trichloromethane, Tetrachloromethane, Dichloroethane (1,1 & 1,2), Trichloroethane, Tetrachloroethane,Chloroethylene, Dichloroethylene, Trichloroethylene,Tetrachloroethylene, Trichloropropane, Chlorobutadiene, Hexachlrobutadiene, Monochlorobenzene, Dichlorobenzen, Chlorobenzenes, Chloroaphtalene, Hexachlorocyclohexane, Monochlorophenol, Dichlorophenol, Trichlorophenol, Dichloro-di-isopropylether, Dioxins etc.

Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons:
PCBs, Naphtalene, Acenaphtylene, Acenaphthene, Flourene, Phenanthrene, Anthracene, Flouranthene, Pyrene, Benz(a) antharacene, Chrysene, Dibenzothiophene, etc.


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